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Emma Watson, Daniel Radcliffe and Rupert Grint may have a lot to thank J.K Rowling for but that didn’t stop them from clashing with the Harry Potter author.

Rowling, who lives in Edinburgh, authored the world-famous book series that inspired the iconic films, launching the trio of actors to A-list status and making them millionaires at a young age.

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However, Rowling been seen by many as a controversial figure lately.

MyLondon reporters how her opinions about transgender people ignited massive debates, both online and in the media.

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Tweets from Rowling sparked an enormous row with many upset by the author’s conflation between sex and gender, implying that trans women might be a threat to cis women and she was also deemed to be defending transphobes.

Her comments on trans people caused a push back by many including observers, fans and even the cast of the films.

All three stars of the film franchise – Emma Watson, Daniel Radcliffe and Rupert Grint- responded to Rowling’s comments, speaking of their opposition to her point of view.

Daniel was perhaps the loudest voice releasing a statement on The Trevor Project website, a charity that focuses on suicide prevention for LGBTQ youth.

In the statement, he said: “While Jo is unquestionably responsible for the course my life has taken, as someone who has been honoured to work with and continues to contribute to The Trevor Project for the last decade, and just as a human being, I feel compelled to say something at this moment.”

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“Transgender women are women. Any statement to the contrary erases the identity and dignity of transgender people and goes against all advice given by professional health care associations who have far more expertise on this subject matter than either Jo or I.”

Although the disagreement may not be personal between Daniel and Rowling, he does acknowledge why some people’s view of Harry Potter might be affected by Rowling’s opinions.

He added: “To all the people who now feel that their experience of the books has been tarnished or diminished.

“I am deeply sorry for the pain these comments have caused you.

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“I really hope that you don’t entirely lose what was valuable in these stories to you…. And in my opinion, nobody can touch that. It means to you what it means to you and I hope that these comments will not taint that too much.”

Hermione Granger actress Emma Watson was equally resolute.

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“Trans people are who they say they are and deserve to live their lives without being constantly questioned or told they aren’t who they say they are,” she wrote on her Twitter.

Ron Weasley actor Rupert Grint echoed his Potter co-stars: “I firmly stand with the trans community and echo the sentiments expressed by many of my peers.”

“Trans women are women. Trans men are men. We should all be entitled to live with love and without judgment.”

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